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The Courtship

Windham Series, Book 0.5
Narrated by: Roger Hampton
Series: Windham, Book 0.5, The Duke and His Duchess, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Percival Windham is a second son and a cavalry officer acclaimed and respected by his men. He is immensely attractive and distracts himself with the women who seem to throw themselves at him at every turn. At a country house party, Percy meets beautiful, retiring Esther Himmelfarb. Esther's wealthier relations are taking shameless advantage of her dependence on them, and only Percy seems to see the striking intelligence beneath her modest demeanor. Percy sees her as the perfect companion, and she finds in him the man of her dreams.

©2012 Grace Burrowes (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Jessy
  • 26-04-2019

What a cute story

I started reading Grace Burrowes' Windham Bride series awhile ago and stopped when I realized there was an entire series based on the family's beginnings. I'm starting from the beginning and am excited to get through it.

This book is pretty cute. I admire Esther and Percival's direct communication which seems to be missing from a lot of historical romances as it tends to be a plot point. However, in Burrowes' books, blunt and honest communication is the beginning of their relationships. It's refreshing and, in my opinion, allows the characters to demonstrate a kind of emotional intelligence often missing in some romances. I definitely think this is the kind of relationship that should be emulated (sans the gender assignation of the period) and the drama is just enough to make it interesting.

The narration is well done. I think it's difficult for some men to narrate women's voices without sounding like high-pitched drag queens, but Mr. Hampton pulls it off rather well. His interpretation of the female characters wasn't at all whiny or ditzy which allowed them to be portrayed as intended by Ms. Burrowes.

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  • bebe
  • 20-05-2017

Cute short listen

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Percival meets Ester at a house party. He sees her as interesting and attractive, but to everyone else she is the poor relation drudge. A ride in the rain changes everything as the two are thrown together in a private setting. A satisfying finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2018

Good story, but the narration was just ok

The narrator did a good job on the male voices, but the female voices were shrill and whining and annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2015

A delight! I am in love with Mr. Hampton. Grace

A delight. I am in l8ve with Mr. Hampton. Grace Borrowes creates worlds I wish I could live in.

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  • T. DiGuiseppe
  • 28-04-2016

Dynamite combo of writer and reader

Love Grace Burrowes and Roger Hampton is perfect for her luxuriant use of language. What a find!

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  • Christina
  • 18-08-2015

Cannot believe that mess was Grace Burrowes

What did you like best about The Courtship? What did you like least?

I'm shocked that the wonderful, intelligent author I know as Grace Burrowes wrote that book.It was insipid, beyond predictable and the narrator was excerable. His women's voices were all the same, terrible. Do not waste your money, especially if you are a Grace Burrowes fan.Roger Hampton, take a lesson from Simon Prebble or Steven Crossley in womens voices before you narrate again please.

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  • No
  • 30-10-2016

I really hate the sound of Roger Hampton voice

It destroyed the story. I didn't make it through to the end. I can't quite put my finger on just it is that about it but I can't /won't listen to another audio books he narrates

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  • Thor
  • 25-06-2018

NOT WORTH BUYING

It has four chapters, as I was getting bored, I decided to skip a few only to find I was on the last one. so it rushed into the end, totally unbelievable. Imagine my surprise, when I find out that there is another book to buy, telling their story after she has had four sons and the marriage has lost it's zest, totally rip-off. it is true that the narrator's female voice is not good, but then the material was rubbish.

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